The Dam Busters
1955, War, 1h 59m8 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Cast & Crew
Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C
Doctor B.N. Wallis, C.B.E, F.R.S.
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Captain Joseph "Mut" Summers, C.B.E.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
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Critic Reviews for The Dam Busters
Quote not available.August 2, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Quote not available.January 1, 2000 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
The length is felt.April 18, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
An exceptionally good war-in-the-air drama from Britain, based on the true story of the RAF's 1943 low-level raids on Germany's Ruhr dams.October 28, 2019 | Full Review…
The film is over-long (the flying sequences include some repetition) and the music score is, regrettably, very blatant; but despite these drawbacks, a mood of sober respect is maintained.February 17, 2016 | Full Review…
One of the truly great war films.February 18, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Dam Busters
Oct 28, 2010In "The Dam Busters," Barnes Wallis(Michael Redgrave), a research scientist at Vickers during World War II, and his doting wife(Ursula Jeans) do not so much raise their children, as breed them to be his lab assistants. His latest experiment involves a way to bomb the dams of the Ruhr Valley which could potentially cripple Germany's steel production. The high command is about to give up on this and let him play with his expensive toys somewhere in Scotland when he has a breakthrough. Even after a successful test with live aircraft, approval is slow in coming. But once it does, Wing Commander Guy Gibson(Richard Todd) is put in charge of the mission. Based on a true story, "The Dam Busters" is a gripping tale of dogged determination in the face of adversity during wartime, taking the viewer through all the stages of a military mission from planning to completion. At the heart of it is the contrast between two men, Wallis, the thinker, and Gibson who implements the plan. Gibson does not contemplate what he has been ordered to do because on the surface it is quite insane and impossible. As a veteran of many bombing sorties, he knows he cannot afford to be emotional during a war which has its many peaks and valleys, not to mention down time.Walter M Super Reviewer
Sep 05, 2010This isn't a bad movie, it's just boring, it would work better as a documentary or something because as a narrative film it's too boring.Aj V Super Reviewer
Jul 07, 2009Somewhat linear and very dated now, but the story of persistence and dedication - not to mention patriotism, still shines throughMarcus W Super Reviewer
Jan 11, 2009I love films that combine my passion for WWII history with my passion for cinema.Randy T Super Reviewer